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Future Makers & Fabricators

This exciting, hands-on program (for students ages 15-20) takes place in the New York Tech Student Machine Shop and is focused around design, prototyping and fabrication techniques to take an idea from paper to parts to assembly. Explore the exciting hands-on world of making and fabricating with metal, plastic, acrylic, wood and other materials in a safe environment while growing your skill set. Disciplines covered include shop safety, measuring tools, setup techniques, fixturing and workholding, band saw use, drill press use, belt sanding, grinding, vertical milling, lathe operation, welding, 3D printing, laser cutting/engraving, CAD design, and prototyping.

Learn By Doing

Custom made miniature cars from Future Makers & Fabricators program racing on track.

This fun and challenging program involves designing and building a small scale downhill derby racing car. The derby car frame and axle prototypes are laser cut and 3-D printed (wood and plastic), the final frame and axles are machined from aluminum (mill, lathe, hand work), wheel prototypes and final parts are laser cut and 3-D printed (acrylic and plastic), and the car bodies are 3-D printed from your own unique design.

During the design and prototyping process you’ll have the freedom to make your design unique for performance or aesthetic reasons. In addition to making the derby car, you'll also build a display stand with a wood base and steel pedestal (cut, welded and assembled by you). The wood base can also be laser engraved with whatever name, logo or personalization you want so choose wisely!

Gain New Skills

Building the derby car and collaborating on other mini-projects will give you the opportunity to learn these tools and skills:

  • Shop safety
  • Measuring tools (calipers, micrometers, machinists rulers, dial indicators, and more)
  • Band saws—horizontal/vertical
  • Laser engraving/cutting
  • 3-D printing
  • Fixturing and work holding
  • Drill press
  • Milling—vertical machines
  • Lathe—turning, parting, threading
  • Welding—GMAW (MIG)

May the Best Cars Win

On the final day of the program your car will compete in various races (downhill speed race, long-distance race, downhill/uphill conservation of energy race). There is also a judged display event. Based on the race results and judging, awards will be presented for design, execution and overall points awarded.

This program also incorporates team-based and individual design and build “mini-projects” in conjunction with the derby car build. These “mini-projects” can include small-scale wing design and wind tunnel testing, glider design, milling a 1,2,3 block and derby car prototyping to help you learn the various machine shop disciplines and give you the tools to complete the final derby car project.

Earn College Credit

Explore the exciting world of making and fabricating and earn two academic credits upon completion of the program.

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This program is offered in a single two-week session:

  • July 13 – 24

The program runs Monday through Friday on our Long Island campus.

Costs (two-week session)

  • Tuition: $1,520
  • Lab Fee: $425


New York Tech Academy is for high school students, grades 9-12. To register, please submit the following:

  • Completed application form.
  • 250-word biographical statement (in English), telling us about yourself, your interests, and what you do in your spare time.
  • $500 deposit.
  • Copy of photo ID.
  • International students: Please submit a copy of your passport (valid for at least six months after the program ends) with your application materials.

Space is Limited: Register Today


Registration for the program is on a rolling basis. Once the program has reached capacity, you will be put on a waiting list.

  • June 29, 2020: All registrations, forms and payments are due.